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    Hi paulg

    I'm still wondering why you think a "spoodle" meets your criteria. Have you met some you think are ok? Do you think buying the same cross will get the same kind of dog? It's actually a bit more random than that. Ie no two spoodles are alike.

    Hopefully you can find a breeder of puppies that meet your criteria and the RSPCA's criteria.

    I just think mass breeding of dogs is wrong. It's fine for sheep and cattle - herd animals but not for companion animals.

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    Paul, you restored my faith in humanity! Good luck with your search and we want updates. And lots of puppy pics!

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    Good news paulg, you won't be disappointed with a Lagotto and there are several litters around at the moment and many good breeders in this breed. Most breeders are spending a lot on bloodlines, importing studs or sperm and testing etc so hence the price. But regardless the purchase price is always the cheapest part of owning any dog.

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    paulg. You are one of the very few who consider our answers in a positive way and doesn't get pissed off and leave because they don't want to hear what we are saying. Pictures are compulsory when the time comes.

    Your new pup will be very lucky to have you.
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    Hi OP

    I didn't know what Spoodle or Lagotto looks like until I googled it - excellent change of mind mate
    they both look similar to me - hopefully from a breeder so you can ask as much Q's you want and
    see the parents temperaments.

    Good luck!
    m<(o.o)>m

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    Thanks everyone for the support.

    I appreciate everyone is very passionate about this, and I have to admit it is daunting when one is trying to do the right thing to come up against so much passion.

    I am still not convinced that spoodles (or crosses in general) are intrinsically bad options, but do accept that the variation in every aspect will be far, far greater than purebreds.

    In answer to a question above, I've met about 6 spoodles over the years, and they've been uniformly lovely dogs. Each different and unique, but lovely nonetheless.

    That being said, having researched more (and read what has been said on here), I won't buy unless I can be assured that the puppy was ethically bred and raised, because what happens at the puppy farms/pet shops is simply abhorrent.

    I'll keep you all posted - just trying to find a dog that we can afford now

    Thanks again everyone - I really do appreciate the support, and will certainly be back with 1001 questions on raising puppies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulg View Post
    Thanks everyone for the support.

    I appreciate everyone is very passionate about this, and I have to admit it is daunting when one is trying to do the right thing to come up against so much passion.

    I am still not convinced that spoodles (or crosses in general) are intrinsically bad options, but do accept that the variation in every aspect will be far, far greater than purebreds.

    In answer to a question above, I've met about 6 spoodles over the years, and they've been uniformly lovely dogs. Each different and unique, but lovely nonetheless.

    That being said, having researched more (and read what has been said on here), I won't buy unless I can be assured that the puppy was ethically bred and raised, because what happens at the puppy farms/pet shops is simply abhorrent.

    I'll keep you all posted - just trying to find a dog that we can afford now

    Thanks again everyone - I really do appreciate the support, and will certainly be back with 1001 questions on raising puppies!
    Great to hear Paul! Would be nice to have more prospective puppy owners like yourself!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Crosses aren't bad, it's not the dog being "bad". It's the reason behind breeding them in a lot of instances, it's the whole "designer", cute cross purposefully bred by irresponsible and money hungry breeders.

    I've looked after many of the oodle crosses in boarding including the spaniel x poodle. All have been nice little dogs, some with varying degrees of health problems and others with none, the coat uniformly has always been the biggest challenge.

    I just know for me if I'm considering a cross breed it's off to the shelter/pound/rescue.

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    As I mentioned, I have nothing against purposely breeding crosses, even though I understand why others think it's bad. But like you, I would loathe to support unethical breeders.

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    I was against pet shops as my last dog i got from a breeder, that was untill i seen Beau in the pet shop.

    Now i cant imagine not having him.

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